Course dates:

22 - 28 July 2018, Riga, Latvia (Level 1, in En or in Ru)

Sept 2018, Riga, Latvia (Level 1, dates to be confirmed, in En)

October 2018Cantalupa, Piedmont, Italy (Level 1, in En)

February 2019, Daugavpils, Latvia (Level 2, dates to be confirmed,  in English or in Russian)

The course can also be organised on demand, either as a residential or in-house. Dates and locations of the courses can be changed. Contact us for details.

(deadline for grant applications in your National Agency Feb 2018)

Objective:

  • Provide the participants with tools for the development of creativity and thinking skills in language education.

 

Who should attend:

  • Language teachers and teacher trainers (any language).
  • Policy makers and educational administrators.
  • Specialists interested in the development of thinking skills.

 

Course contents (see detailed programme below):

  • Creativity and thinking skills in learning grammar. Developing and testing own grammar rules.
  • Powerful thinking when working with a text. Creative works in language learning.
  • Learner autonomy. E-resources for teaching language and thinking.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants know practical tasks and technologies for the development of thinking competence in the process of teaching and learning a language.
  • Participants understand the difference between thinking and non-thinking tasks in the process of language learning.
  • Participants are willing to join the professional community working towards integration of thinking competence in any learning activity.

Facilitators:


Irina Buchinska

The head of the English department in a school implementing the thinking curriculum in language education.




natalia origNatalia Kovilina

A teacher, teacher trainer and materials developer. Over 20 years' experience of teaching Russian to various groups of learners. Experience of using the TA for teaching the mother tongue..

 

 


Dr. Alexander Sokol

A teacher, teacher trainer, researcher in the field of thinking skills in language education. The author of the Thinking Approach to language teaching and learning.

 

Preliminary programme:

DAY 1
10:00-16:00 Arrival
16:30-18:00 Introduction & getting to know each other
18:00-19:00 Course aims and finalisation of the programme
19:30 Welcome dinner

DAY 2
09:00-10:30 What is thinking? Thinking Task Framework
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 My approach to the development of thinking skills
12:30-15:30 Lunch and walk
15:30-17:00 Typical thinking tasks: thinking vs. non-thinking
17:00-17:30 Coffee break & country presentations
17:30-19:00 Developing tasks for own classroom
19:30- Dinner

DAY 3
09:00-10:30 Banks as a Tool for Student-Centred Learning
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Thinking tasks to texts
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Thinking tasks to texts: workshop
15:30- Cultural activity followed by dinner

DAY 4
09:00-10:30 Point of view as an example of a thinking task
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Organising thinking-based learning: workshop
12:30-15:30 Lunch and walk
15:30-17:00 Planning own thinking lessons
17:00-17:30 Coffee break & country presentations
17:30-19:00 Yes-No Technology of the Thinking Approach

DAY 5
09:00-10:30 Three steps to thinking in work: workshop
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Development of own thinking tasks
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 TA Lessons: video fragments & experiences
15:30- Cultural activity followed by dinner

DAY 6
09:00-10:30 Preparation of a series of thinking lessons for own context
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Sharing lessons with colleagues and feedback
12:30-15:30 Lunch and walk
15:30-17:00 Overview of TA electronic resources
17:00-17:30 Coffee break and country presentations
17:30-19:00 Development of action plans for the coming months
20:00 Gala dinner

DAY 7
09:00-10:00 Overview of the Thinking Approach and future plans
10:00-11:00 Validation of learning outcomes
11:00-12:00 Feedback on the course and certification
Departure

 

Course price:

We offer a flexible approach to course fees to ensure that you are able to choose the most appropriate option for your needs.

OPTION 1. ERASMUS+ PACKAGE
(best option for partners receiving an Erasmus+ grant and planning long-term collaboration with TA Group)

  • Total price per package per participant – EUR 1400

The price includes 7 days tuition and seminar materials, 6 nights accommodation in a single room, all meals and coffee breaks during the course, social programme during the course, distant support of each participant during a year + organisation support during a year.

For you reference: when obtaining an Erasmus+ grant, the amount you will receive for each participant from your organisation will be in the range of EUR 1500-1800 + travel expenses, depending on the country you come from and where the course takes place. Thus, the amount of the grant will always be enough to cover all the costs associated with the course.

Feel free to contact us if something remains unclear.

 

OPTION 2. CUSTOMIZED PAYMENT
(The option is for partners interested in a particular course or one of the additional services we offer. You can select any of the services or their combination)

  • Course fee – EUR 1250

The price includes 7 days tuition and seminar materials, 6 nights accommodation in a single room, all meals and coffee breaks during the course, and the social programme during the course.

  • Distant support – EUR 250 per year per person (optional)

The price includes online support (answers to questions, comments on reflection, participation in webinars and other online events) during the year following the course.

  • Organisation support – EUR 250 per year per person (optional)

The price includes online support for the organisation at the stage of application and reporting, as well as the possibility to have consultation on administrative issues during the project implementation.

 

DISCOUNTS

Each partner organisation participating in the courses is eligible to one of the following discounts:

 

  • 10% discount for each participant that attends Level 1 and Level 2 courses during one year;
  • 10% discount for each participant if the total number of participant from one organisation that attend the courses during the year is 10 and more.

Additionally you can have a discount if two participants from your organisation are accommodated in a twin room (this discount is available in some of the venues only and should be confirmed by the organisers first)

Previous courses:

You can see photos, videos and the participants' feedback from our previous courses.

Photos: Jan 2009, Apr 2009, Sep 2009, Sep 2010, Apr 2011, Sep 2011, Sep 2012, Mar 2013, July 2017

Participants' feedback: Jan 2009, Apr 2009, Sep 2009, Sep 2010, Apr 2011, Sep 2011, Sep 2012, Mar 2013, impressions of an Italian teacher, July 2017

Video fragments from previous courses

Video feedback of former participants (various courses 2014-2016)

Video feedback of former participants (various courses 2009-2013)

 

The number of places on each course is limited, therefore we are asking you to contact us as soon as possible if you would like to book a place.

register

Joomla SEF URLs by Artio